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"The Future is with God... we have a Perfect Model... in St. Joseph"

In this time of crisis and chaos in the Church and the world it did me good to read the great Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange's "Providence."

I thought it might bring consolation to everyone out there fighting the good fight for the Church and their families to read his words of wisdom which show that our only hope is in God's providence:

"The future is with God, future events are in His hands. If the merchants to whom Joseph was sold by his brethren had passed by one hour sooner, he would not have gone into Egypt, and the whole course of his life would have been changed. Our lives also are dependent on events controlled by God."

"... We must also abandon ourselves to God in all that concerns the present, in the midst of the difficulties we may be experiencing right now; even our past life, our past actions with all their consequences should be abandoned to the divine mercy."

"We must likewise abandon ourselves to God in all that affects the body, in health and sickness, as well as in all that affects the soul, whether it be joy or tribulation, of long or brief duration."

"We must abandon ourselves to God in all that concerns the good will or malice of men. Says St. Paul:

If God be for us, who is against us?.. I am sure neither death, nor life... shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

"... We have a perfect model of this abandonment to divine providence in St. Joseph, in the many difficulties that beset him at the moment of our Lord's birth at Bethlehem, and again when he heard the mournful prophecy of the aged Simeon, and during all the time that elapsed from the flight away from Herod into Egypt until the return to Nazareth."

"Following his example, let us live our lives in the same spirit, fulfilling our daily duties, and the grace of God will never be wanting. By His grace we shall be equal to anything He asks of us, no matter how difficult it may sometimes be."

Mary and Joseph pray that we may be equal to anything Jesus asks of us and that we receive the grace to be abandoned to his divine providence.


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